PhD scholarship in Advanced modelling of floating wind turbine response

DTU Wind Energy
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DTU Wind Energy is seeking a PhD student for a scholarship on “Advanced modelling of floating wind turbine response”. The aim of the PhD project is to enhance the modelling methods for floating wind turbines and to validate the developed tools against experimental data.
DTU Wind Energy is a mission-driven university department with a vision of being the preferred university partner for the global wind energy sector. The department creates value for society by integrating research with education, innovation and research-based consultancy within key fields central to the development and use of wind energy.
You will be part of an international team carrying out research in the Fluid Mechanics Section, which is one out of the department’s ten sections. 
Responsibilities and tasks
Floating wind turbine technology is in transition from pilot demonstrator projects to commercial application. The first floating wind farm was installed in Scotland in the fall of 2017 and several demonstrator projects are under commission in Europe and overseas.
DTU Wind Energy has a strong tradition for modelling and tests of floating wind turbines. Several test campaigns have been conducted for turbines in simultaneous wind and wave forcing and with active blade pitch control. The present PhD project aims at extending this research track with:

  • Treatment of flexible floater modes in the pre-design phase
  • Efficient methods for inclusion of 2nd-order wave forcing effects
  • Test and validation of improved control methods for blade pitch above rated wind speed
  • Modelling of installation of floating wind turbines with focus on safety and response tolerances
All the tool developments will be validated against model test results. A central part of the study is therefore the analysis of test results and participation in lab tests.
The PhD study will be carried out in the Fluid Mechanics Section at the DTU Lyngby Campus. The work will be carried out in connection to research projects on floating wind turbines in the section and thus involve collaboration with leading national and international research partners. Your daily work will be conducted as part of a research team with a focus on hydrodynamic loads and response. Good teamwork skills are therefore expected.
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Henrik Bredmose, DTU Wind Energy, who will be the main supervisor for the PhD student.

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Consideration will also be given to:
  • Experience with numerical modelling of floating wind turbines in HAWC2 or FAST
  • Experience with experimental work for floating wind turbines
  • Experience with hydrodynamic modelling of floaters and calibration against experiments
  • A broad knowledge on wind energy
  • Collaborative skills
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.
The expected start date is 1 October 2018.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Henrik Bredmose, tel.: +45 4525 4315 or
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Please submit your online application no later than 26 July 2018 (local time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
The Department of Wind Energy is one of the world’s largest centres of wind energy research and knowledge, with a staff of more than 240 people from 39 countries working in research, innovation, research-based consulting and education. DTU Wind Energy has approximately 40 PhD students. The department’s cross-disciplinary research is organized through strategic research programmes that collaborate with Danish and international universities, research institutions and organizations, as well as the wind industry. DTU Wind Energy is the owner and developer of the aero-hydro-servo-elastic simulation software HAWC2, which is state-of-the-art for floating wind turbine simulations.
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.